Why does good mental health begin in infancy?

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Good mental health starts in infancy and research shows that a baby who doesn’t get to feel a healthy bond with a parent is at much higher risk of developing mental health problems than a child with a strong connection to the person who cares for them. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/why-does-good-mental-health-begin-infancy

Getting through covid – tips from a key worker…

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Suba is a doctor, humanitarian and podcaster who has worked in A+E departments, ITUs and now the Obstetrics & Gynaecology department of an NHS hospital in London during the Covid-19 pandemic. Suba has an interest in women’s health, improving access to healthcare for immigrant communities, and the wellbeing of doctors. Here Suba shares her five top tips for maintaining good …

What is self-management?

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Self-management helps people with mental health problems take more control over their lives.  David Crepaz-Keay explains why self-management is important in helping individuals to have the kind of life that they want. We provide self-management courses for people with mental health problems, which enables people to get support from other members of their course as well as from mental health …

Coping with unemployment – Michel’s story…

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Michel shares his tips on ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing while unemployed. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/stories/coping-unemployment-michels-story Michel Syrett is co-author of How to Survive Unemployment: Creative Alternatives, published by Penguin. He is also a founding member of The Lived Experience Research Collective, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, a collective of researchers with lived experience of mental ill-health who conduct …

Raising awareness of the reality of living with dementia…

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Patricia, Diane and Deirdre are Dementia Peer Support Workers at the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.  They all have dementia and help other people to understand their diagnosis and learn how to live well with dementia. This is their story. We want everyone who is diagnosed with dementia to …

What is mental health?

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Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can: make the most of your potential cope with life play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical …

From surviving to thriving: building a mentally healthier Britain…

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While we’re becoming physically healthier as a society, our mental health is not improving. Depression is one of the leading causes of illness on the planet. We need to act and build a more mentally healthy society. Too few of us are merely surviving – we want to enable people to thrive. Click on the following link to watch the …

What is good mental health?

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Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems. Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including: the ability to learn the ability to feel, express and manage a range …

Life’s struggles…

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What are our biggest life struggles? And what does it take to just survive? Mental Health Awareness went to Soho square in London to ask some members of the public. People candidly opened up to them about their most significant struggles in life. They included depression, addiction and divorce. They also say how these experiences impacted their lives. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/i-survive

Three-minute mindfulness breathing space…

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This podcast is a free three-minute breathing space narrated by Ed Halliwell – one of the world’s leading mindfulness teachers. You can listen to it whenever you feel tense and it is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down. It also gives you a flavour of our online mindfulness course Be Mindful – which is co-presented …